From Frankfurt to Puerto Rico, this month’s hottest hotels
THE BORGATA HOTEL CASINO & SPA
IDEAL GUEST: Anyone in the market for an over-the-top, Vegas-style experience. Set a couple of miles inland from the boardwalk and its string of old-school properties, the Borgata (including its attached Water Club boutique hotel) has 2,800 rooms, a palatial marble entrance and a sexy, downtown vibe similar to that of newer Sin City properties like the Cosmopolitan.
BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: Unlike many casino hotels, the Borgata isn’t manic about keeping you on its 161,000-square-foot gaming floor. For a respite from the action, hit the Long Bar, a classy, mercifully poker machine–free establishment. If you must have an adrenaline bump, the bar’s spicy Bloody Mary should do the trick.
HOT DISH: The Borgata and Water Club have a total of 15 eateries, at varying levels of formality and expense—from the Borgata Buffet at the lower end to Izakaya (Japanese) and Fornelletto (Southern Italian) at the high. For hungry high rollers, Bobby Flay Steak offers a $125 take on surf-and-turf, the “Strip and Shore,” with American Kobe strip steak and fresh lobster tail.
ROOM WITH A VIEW: From the upper floors, you’ll find oddly peaceful views of the marshlands surrounding the Absecon Channel, which empties into the Atlantic. You’ll also see the incredibly purple monolith of Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, which at night beams ads for its buffet offerings, slot machines and concerts into the sky (“Jerry Lee Lewis: one night only!”).